Staff and Board

Marc David Pinate
Borderlands Theater
Producing Director
(520) 882-8607
bltheater (at)

Borderlands Theater
Artistic Associate Director/Publicity
(520) 882-8607
wetborderdog (at)

Marketing/Outreach Director
(520) 882-8607
bltheater (at)
miltaortiz (at)

Business Manager
(520) 882-8607
bltheater (at)

Barclay Goldsmith
Founder (former Producing Director)



Graphic Design
Lori Lieber Graphic Design
(520) 884-4268
lori (at)

Graphic Design
mikesrsen (at)

Web Design and Editor
logan (at)


Board President

Secretary/ Treasure

  • Mohyeddin Abdulaziz
  • Edna Meza Aguirre
  • Claudia A. Arévalo
  • Poncho Chavez
  • Ronald David, M.D.
  • Eldonna Fisher
  • Barclay Goldsmith
  • Marisa Grijalva
  • Catherene Morton, Ph. D, J.D.
  • Diego Navarrette
  • Sarah Roberts
  • Noell Rodriguez
  • Janice Waukon
  • Michael Weber


  • Ex-Officio:
    • Thomas Benavidez
    • Guadalupe Castillo
    • Frank de la Cruz
    • Mary Malaby
    • Raquel Rubio Goldsmith
    • Mike Wilson



Marc David Pinate



Eva Zorrilla Tessler

Eva Zorrilla Tessler

(Translator English / Spanish & Spanish / English, director Tucson Pastorela and Maria’s Circular Dance), is a native of Mexico City, a performer / director / choreographer and teacher, and holds an MFA in Theatre Arts and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. During the 80’s Tessler danced, acted, choreographed and taught in Brazil at the Universidad Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo. Coming to Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1989, Tessler has choreographed modern dance and dance theater works through the Zenith Dance Collective/Body Prints Theatre.  As Borderlands’ Associate Artistic Director, she choreographs, acts and directs and participates in the artistic face that is the company. She was a co-founding member of the Latina Dance Theater Project, an international company (Brazil and USA) whose mission is to present a contemporary voice in Latina dance/theater (2002). She has toured with LDTP throughout the US, Europe and Brazil.  Tessler is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English and she has translated several works including a bilingual version of El Deseo/Desire by Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, the play Arizona: No Roosters in the Desertby Kara Hartzler, Who Will Speak for Me by Rascon Banda, Walking Home by Elaine Romero, and Slumber of Reason by the Latina Dance Theater Project.  Recently, Tessler was honored with the LULAC “Albert Soto” Award for Individual Artist (2008) and the Tucson Pima Arts Council “Lumie” Life Time Achievement Award in 2009.

Marketing/Outreach Director

Milta Ortiz


Box Office Manager

Nicole M Smith

A native Arizonan Nicole graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Stage Management. Stage Management credits include: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Alice, Eurydice, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and A Sleeping Country (Round House Theatre), The American Clock, The Three Penny Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Hard Sell, Ivonov, 2010 PEPS Tour, In the Continuum, as well as hundreds of recitals in Paul and Morse Hall (The Juilliard School), The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom (DR2 Theatre),We the People and Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA). Nicole also works with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia as their Company & Events Manager each summer.

2013-2014 season Sponsored in part by

support from NNPN for Playwright in Residence Grant GROUNDED Rolling World Premier
support from National Endowment for the Arts
Global Connections –IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
National Association for Latino Arts and Culture
with support from Tucson Pima Arts Council with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
with support from Desert Diamond Casino

Catherene Morton & Borderlands Theater donors (big and small)

Borderlands Theater is a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), NoPassport, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)